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[I-275]I-275 forms a beltway around Cincinnati, Ohio; it is the only three-digit interstate to enter three states (Kentucky, Ohio, and Indiana) and is the longest beltway route in the United States. In Ohio, the road is officially designated the Donald H. Rolf Circle Freeway; however, that name is rarely mentioned. Kentucky’s route logs call it the Northern Kentucky Circle Freeway.

The Kentucky stretch of the highway which includes two Ohio River bridges (the Carrol C. Cropper Bridge [Outside Link] connecting Kentucky and Indiana and the Combs-Hehl Bridge [Outside Link] connecting Kentucky and Ohio) was completed in 1979. The I-71/I-75/I-275 interchange is a four-level stack. I-275 west of I-71/I-75 provides access to the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport; west of I-71/I-75, I-275 crosses some very hilly and difficult terrain before crossing the Ohio River into Ohio.

The Kentucky segment of I-275 is 24.577 miles long.

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I-275 News Items

[Commonwealth of Kentucky]
New Welcome Signs are Up
Posted: 30-Apr-2005 5:52AM CDT

New welcome signs have been installed on interstates across the state. The Cincinnati Enquirer has a photograph of sign installation on the Combs-Hehl Bridge: Cincinnati Enquirer: New welcome signs going up; Crews install them at 11 expressway gateways (April 6, 2005) [Outside Link]

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Planners Urge Look at I-471
Posted: 9-Feb-2005 1:54AM CST

Representatives of the Ohio Kentucky Indiana Regional Council of Governments have been in Washington this week to lobby for money to study possible upgrades to I-471 in Northern Kentucky: (Covington) Kentucky Post: Planners: Upgrade I-471 (Feb. 7, 2005) [Outside Link]

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Winter Storm Blasts Kentucky’s Roadways
Posted: 23-Dec-2004 6:28PM CST

The Henderson Gleaner reports that the 511 traffic information system fails to provide information about the hazardous conditions in the Henderson area: Henderson Gleaner: Road hotline fails this area (Dec. 23, 2004) [Outside Link]

The interstates are open, but many secondary roads are impassible in Northern Kentucky: (Covington) Kentucky Post: Paralyzing storm shuts down travel (Dec. 23, 2004) [Outside Link]

Road clearing was suspended overnight in parts of Western Kentucky due to blizzard like conditions, and four stopped tractor trailers blocked traffic on I-71 in Gallatin County: Associated Press: Parts of Kentucky at near standstill (Dec. 23, 2004) [Outside Link]

A series of traffic accidents has caused long delays on I-24 in Western Kentucky. Motorists are asked not to call emergency services unless they are in immediate need of police, fire, or medical assistance: Associated Press: Wrecks tie up Interstate 24 (Dec. 23, 2004) [Outside Link]

Forty members of the Kentucky National Guard were activated overnight and used military tow trucks and Humvees to rescue stranded motorists. Some cars stopped along I-24 due to accidents were caught in snow drifts: Courier-Journal: Storm limits transportation options (Dec. 23, 2004) [Outside Link]

More information: WAVE 3: Winter Storm Coats Much Of Kentucky With Snow, Ice (Dec. 23, 2004) [Outside Link], Lexington Herald-Leader: Kentucky is wet and cold (Dec. 23, 2004) [Outside Link]

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet posts regularly updated traffic advisories to www.511.ky.gov [Outside Link]. You can also obtain Kentucky traffic information by calling 1-800-RDREPORT or by dialing 511 from any cell phone.

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Eastern Cincinnati Corridor Development Plan Could Ease Northern Kentucky Congestion
Posted: 11-Dec-2004 12:18AM CST

According to the Ohio Department of Transportation Study the development of a new travel corridor between downtown Cincinnati and its eastern suburbs could ease congestion in Northern Kentucky: Cincinnati Post: Eastern transit needs studied (Dec. 9, 2004) [Outside Link], The Eastern Corridor PE/EIS Project Web Site [Outside Link]

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[KY 17]
Fort Wright to Study KY 17 near I-275
Posted: 11-Mar-2004 2:07AM CST

The city of Fort Wright held a public meeting Tuesday to discuss future development along KY 17 in the city. There is some concern that the stretch of road could become a chokepoint for traffic to and form I-275.

More information: (Northern) Kentucky Post: Fort Wright to study Ky. 17 (March 8, 2004) [Outside Link]

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[Commonwealth of Kentucky]
Four Kentucky Road Sites Ranked in Top 223 Highway Bottleknecks
Posted: 24-Feb-2004 10:35AM CST

Four locations across Kentucky have been identified as major highway bottlenecks by the National Highway Users Alliance.

The Brent Spence Bridge is ranked as the 24th bottleneck nationwide.

One of the interchanges between I-264 and I-64 in Jefferson County is ranked 119. These roads actually meet twice, but the report does not seem to specify which interchange this is.

The interchange between I-71/I-75 and I-275 in Kenton County ranks 150.

The I-64, I-65, and I-71 “Spaghetti Junction” interchange in Jefferson County ranked 163.

The rankings are based on a study of the amount of time drivers spend delayed at these points.

More information: National Highway Users Alliance: America's Worst Bottlenecks and the Benefits of Fixing Them [Outside Link]

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[I-71] [I-75]
Federal Funding Announced for Northern Kentucky Road Projects
Posted: 29-Jan-2004 6:19PM CST

The 2004 federal omnibus spending bill which was approved by the senate last week includes $2 million to continue funding for a study on how to replace the aging I-71/I-75 Brent Spence Bridge across the Ohio River and $1.5 million for a connector route between the AA Highway and I-275.

President Bush must still sign the bill.

More information: Cincinnati Post: Feds OK $2M for Brent Spence (Jan. 27, 2004) [Outside Link], Kentucky Post: $2M targeted to Brent Spence work (Jan. 27, 2004) [Outside Link]

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[I-71] [I-75]
New ARTIMIS Signs To Be Installed in Northern Kentucky
Posted: 29-Jan-2004 5:08PM CST

Over the next few months the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet will extend the Advanced Regional Traffic Interactive Management & Information System—Greater Cincinnati.s intelligent traffic system—with the installation of three additional signs in Boone County. Two signs will be installed on I-71/I-75—one for the southbound lanes and one for the northbound lanes—and one is already in place on eastbound I-275 near the KY 237 exit.

More information: Cincinnati Enquirer: More road alerts on the way (Jan. 26, 2004) [Outside Link]

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[KY 9]
Northern Kentucky: KY 9 Widening in Newport; AA Highway/I-275 Connector
Posted: 1-Oct-2003 1:59AM CDT

Two studies are planned to determine routes for improved highways in Campbell County. A design study will begin this year to determine plans to widen KY 9 from Wilder into Newport. Another study has been funded to determine a route for a connector route between I-275 and the AA Highway. This new route would improve highway access to Northern Kentucky University.

More information: Kentucky Post: Officials hope to widen Ky. 9 (Sept. 6, 2003) [Outside Link] , Cincinatti Enquirer: Federal money routed to N.Ky. (Sept. 6, 2003) [Outside Link], Kentucky Post: Road Would Spark Tech Triangle (Sept. 6, 2003) [Outside Link]

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[Commonwealth of Kentucky]
February Procurement Bulletins
Posted: 22-Feb-2002 6:44PM CST

The February 2002 procurement bulletins from the KYTC's Division of Professional Services contain information about reconstructing the interchange between I-275 and KY 212 near the Greater Cincinnati Airport and about the construction of a new US 60 bridge over the Tennessee River. See BULL 02-06 [Outside Link] on the KYTC website for more information.

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Another I-275 Ramp Closing
Posted: 12-Sep-2001 1:44AM CDT

The Cincinnati Enquirer reports in this Sept. 11, 2001 article [Outside Link] that another ramp at the I-275/I-75/I-71 interchange will be temporarily closed for repaving.

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[I-275] [I-75]
Work at I-75 and I-275 Interchange to Close Ramp
Posted: 16-Aug-2001 6:10AM CDT

The Cincinnati Enquirer reports in this August 15, 2001 article [Outside Link] that work on the I-75/I-71 and I-275 interchange will cause the temporary closing of a ramp.

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